Nov 1 2011
In spite of the great gains claimed by Apple with Mac OS X, Windows still has an overwhelming lead in desktop operating system market share, according to NETMARKETSHARE. The most used OS is Windows XP at 48%, which is higher than Windows 7 and Vista combined. OS X has a total market share of 5.5% and Linux is at 1.2%. Both OS X and Linux had very little gains on the desktop.
Windows XP is, however, decreasing in usage. It had a 57.6% market share in January 2011. Users are gradually migrating to Windows 7 and eventually Windows 8 when it is released. Windows 8 will be the dominant OS in about 2 years.